Undergraduate Experience

The timeframe is 2017-2020. The world as we know it is being shaped by students.

Welcome to The Diplomatic Game, an exercise in diplomacy that has been part of Political Science Professor Richard Herrmann’s “Strategies of War and Peace” class for 30 years. Over the course of three weeks, students took over the 11th floor of the Thompson Library, and the world. Twenty countries, governed by a small cabinet of students and their heads of state, determined the world’s fate.

Get your degree from one of the top political science programs in the country

When you join Ohio State’s Department of Political Science, you become part of one of the best departments in the country! U.S. News and World Report rates our program as 15th overall, with the specialized areas of International Politics ranked 8th, American Politics 10th, and Political Methodology 10th.

 

Jumpstart your career

Going to school in Columbus means that you are at the center of a regional and national hub of politics and commerce, which affords a myriad of opportunities for internships and future employment

“OSU is great because students can get a taste of the real world before we have to face it in full force. Because we are so close to the downtown area, students can get internship experience, working for firms and organizations that allow them to gain industry experience.” – Hyeji Kim (Class of 2017)

“Being able to get my feet wet as an intern a law firm has reaffirmed my drive to go to law school.” – Austin Shafer-Farmer (intern at Manley Deas Kochalski, Autumn 2015)

“As a part-time employee of the Ohio Governor’s Office I am getting firsthand experience working for an executive office. I am very lucky to attend a school located in our state capitol - otherwise I would not have this opportunity.” – Rylee Welker (intern at the Ohio Governor’s Office, Autumn 2015)

 

Learn from the best

Our faculty are world-renowned leaders in the field. They’re published in prestigious journals, win awards for scholarship, comment on current affairs on NPR… and now you have the chance to take classes with them, or even write a thesis under their supervision!   

Headshot of Dr. Alex WendtFeatured faculty: Dr. Alexander Wendt

Professor Alexander Wendt was named the most influential scholar in the field of International Relations in the last twenty years. Dr. Wendt currently teaches Political Science 4305: International Theory.

 

 

 

“The professors have always been very willing to work with me. I’ve never felt like a ‘number’ that you hear about so often within big universities like Ohio State. I’ve always felt the department has time for me, and actually cares about whether I succeed or fail.” – Kaitlyn Willette (Class of 2017)

"Pursuing a Political Science degree at Ohio State is invaluable because of the quality of professors in this program. For me, being in this major literally means learning from the best -- the premier political scientists are here and that is very exciting." -- Tessa Reinhard (Class of 2012)

“The Political Science department has influenced just about every aspect of my undergraduate career. The faculty and staff are not only academically excellent, but also are always willing to be advocates for students.” – Max Mauerman (Class of 2016)

 

Go global

Photo of students in CanadaOur students have the chance to study abroad through prestigious exchange programs at SciencesPo (France), the University of Mannheim (Germany) and Leiden University (the Netherlands), or spend a summer studying at Oxford University or working in the Canadian Parliament. Ohio State offers over 100 study abroad programs in more than 40 different countries.

"SciencesPo proved to be the most rigorous and remarkable academic adventure of my life. Interacting with students from around the globe and with students who call France home reframed my perception of politics.” – Steven Mahr (Class of 2016)

 

Follow your interests

We offer three distinct majors, with eleven specializations, so your education is tailored to fit your interests and goals. Explore our B.A. in Political Science, B.S. in Political Science, and B.A. in World Politics programs.

 

Get involved outside the classroom

photo of student at the involvement fairOhio State is home to over 1000 student organizations, so there are plenty of ways to make friends and find your place on campus. The Department of Political Science supports several student groups, including the Collegiate Council on World Affairs, Mock Trial at OSU, and the Journal of Politics and International Affairs. Explore our student groups here

 

 

 


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